I LOVE today’s pretty outdoor wedding – gorgeous bride and groom Betty and Phil opted for an English country garden style celebration, mixing the prettiest flowers with cute bunting and home made signage – it’s wonderful in every way!
Contact & bookings: Linus Moran Photography, Dorset
Words & Images: Linus Moran Photography
Betty & Phil’s day stood out from others I covered last year as it seemed to be very simple in its delivery. The bride, the details, the location – all very classic, chic and English garden themed. From the Sassi Holford dress, to the idyllic thatched cottage B&B venue at the foothill of St Catherines chapel. The weather was perfect, the scene was stunning and the spirit of the couple and the people topped it all off.
Each aspect of their day from bridal preparations through to the evening party provided great imagery for me. From fine art close ups of bridemaids adjusting dress hems, to stunning outdoor ceremony, cool jazz band playing in the summer sun, to dancing uncles having a dance off with the ladies. So many elements, rich in opportunity.
The venue was great, a family run place unlike any other. terraced lawns, stunning setting, great service – a real hiden gem!
Your (first) names
Betty & Phil
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We chose Linus following a recommendation from another couple.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
We couldn’t have wished for a more fantastic photographer – Linus captured the informal atmosphere of our day perfectly and we were delighted with the results.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
It was incredible – like reliving the day all over again!
The Abbey House, Abbotsbuty
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Simple, friendly and relaxed with the Dorset countryside as backdrop
Your wedding style or theme:
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Recommendations and ideas stolen from other weddings!
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Don’t over complicate things – think about what is really important to you, such as music or food, and make sure that you do those things well. The rest is unimportant!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Our Jazz band were fantastic, well worth the money!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
A mixture of DIY and the Not on the Highstreet website
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Not being a ‘dressy’ person, I asked for the simplest dress that Sassi had available, and fell in love with it straight away!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Sassi Holford boutique, Taunton
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Rachel Simpson T-bar shoes, a pearl and diamond necklace that I received on the day from my husband
And what did the groom wear?
A Ted Baker suit
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Blush pink dresses from Two Birds Bridesmaids
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Our florist was Charlie Ryrie, of The Real Cut Flower Garden. We wanted the flowers to look completely natural, as if they had been picked from the surrounding countryside. Charlie created some beautiful bouquets, and then provided boxes of loose wild flowers, which my bridesmaids and I then arranged into milk churns for the tables.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
No! The beautiful Dorset countryside provided most of the backdrop, we just added some bunting!
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We made the save the dates and many, many metres of bunting. This was fun to start with, but became a bit repetitive! My bridesmaids and I also created the flower arrangements to go in the marquee the day before the wedding – this was really good fun.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
My Aunt made our cake – A beautiful 3 tiered fruit cake with sugar Lily of the Valley to decorate.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Our live gypsy jazz band, the Jonny Hepbir quartet, created a fantastic relaxed atmosphere throughout the afternoon and into the early evening
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Keep it simple, and don’t forget that your loved ones will always be thrilled to help – you don’t have to do it all yourselves!
What’s the best thing about being married?
It brings you even closer together, even if that doesn’t seem possible